Private Ryan: Matt Damon is one of the most sought-after talents in the industry today. This year, he won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay (with Ben Affleck) for the acclaimed drama "Good Will Hunting." Damon also earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his work in the title role. In addition, he and Affleck received a Golden Globe Award for their screenplay, and Damon garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. The Film also received seven more Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Picture.

Since "Saving Private Ryan," Damon has completed a starring role in John Dahl's "Rounders," opposite Ed Norton, and a supporting role in Kevin Smith's "Dogma", with Chris Rock, Ben Affleck and Linda Fiorentino. He is next set to star in the title role of "The Talented Mr. Ripley," to be directed by Anthony Minghella, and will then star in "All pretty Horses," for producer Mike Nichols and director Billy Bob Thornton.

Damon previously delivered a compelling portrayal of a guilt-ridden Gulf-War veteran haunted by a battlefield incident in "Courage Under Fire," starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan. Last year, he starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis For Coppola's "The Rainmaker," based on the best selling novel by John Grisham.

His other film credits include Walter Hill's "Geronimo: An American Legend," "School Ties" and "Mystic Pizza," in which he made his film debut. On television, Damon was seen in the cable movies "The Good Old Boys," directed by Tommy Lee Jones, and "Rising Sun."

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